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Mar 6, 2011 9:00am EST
the islamist threats confronting america. today, americans simply do not have what washington called the right understanding of the threats from the persian gulf region. in my writings i thought to acquaint americans with the nature of these threats. whether from iran in its a religion is in iraq and lebanon, the vicious martial anti-christian, anti-jewish and anti-western brand of islam is theology exporter under saudi arabia's official, or the forces of osama bin laden, al qaeda and other sunnis islamists lead and insight. and i also argued that the united states government under both parties is fighting an islamist enemy that does not exist. and, therefore, it is a policy that runs counter to america's historical traditions, and so to its best interests. official washington islamist enemy is the stuff of hollywood farce. beat a shia or sunni, the islamists are a limited band of fanatic nihilists, ready to kill widely and indiscriminately for the pure joy of murdering. and ready to sacrifice their lives because my daughters go to university, i went hold early presidential primaries every fou
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Mar 7, 2011 11:08pm EST
earlier is the fact the me boo population of america is changing.hey'll be there will reach a point theyon government benefits that theyasd paid for over a lifetime and drw more and more of them draw on these benefits there is a question as to whether theo whet reserves are there to take caree of them. >> let m me speak to two particular issues that senator o mcconnell raised, the first social security.soci socialal security.prograthat i is there a program that is moree important to america? i can't thinkrt of one. that is d the starting point of the new deal. sen we've got to give seniors in america some peace of mind wheny retirement rolls around and they senior year rolls around they would in fact have enough moneya to live on, not in a luxurioussa way but the basics. my there was a time i can remember families where grandparents moved back in with the kids andd there's no place to go. afford they could no longer work and ty they could no longer afford larr their homes and they became part of the larger family.ers. others. then can social security and asi little planning a savings and s
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Mar 6, 2011 1:15am EST
in america. i went back home at the end of the summer, and 10 years later, moved to new york. a couple years ago, my wife and i, i was out of graduate school, and we decided to spend some time in china, and here we are in beijing in one of these smoggy hazy rainy afternoons, and nothing to do other than stare at the very small television with one channel. we see a picture of this boy, and the picture was very clearly taken in the 19th century. the boy was clearly chinese, and the building to which next he was standing was clearly yale university. i thought to myself, i had no idea there were chinese students in yale university nonetheless in the 19th servelg ri. i started researching the story and discovered these remarkable young men of the story i will soon tell you. they wrote a lot of letters, kept journals, and when i read their journals and letters, i couldn't help but feel an immediate sense of tremendous, tremendous empathy. like them, i was from a different culture and came here to attend school and i felt i had to work really, really hard to understand what the culture was about an
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Mar 5, 2011 9:00am EST
of thomas allen has written a new book fighting for the king and america's first civil war. who were the tories? >> people who didn't want to have independence from england. they started to talk. it was all political up until concord and lexington. and then there was a time when you could take the position being against the revolution and not get into too much trouble but wants the declaration of independence comes along you have two americas and the america that declared independence is fighting the americans who were not fighting. they allied themselves with british troops and former military units, 150 military units and they go and fight. uniforms and weapons, the holding. win the battles take place, the british who have a grand tradition of keeping a history of regiments kind of look with disdain on to these colonials they are fighting with and as a result you get a lot of british descriptions of battles but it is hard to find descriptions by the loyalists as they call themselves. when the war comes to an end and they have to tell the british commission on loyalists what they di
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Mar 5, 2011 11:00am EST
teach for america go where did you teach, south bronx. and they show their teach for america tattoos. you are creating a kind of movement. the marine corps alumni represents a kind of movement represent ago certain attitude towards the world, you know -- >> this is exactly the idea. this is the big idea, you know? and teach for america isn't really about -- we are about teachers are critical but teach for america is about building a movement among our country's future leaders to say, we got to change the way our education system is, fundamentally. and i think your article in the new yorker about the formation of movements just captured the whole theory of teach for america and this is about the foundational experience about teaching successfully in ways that, you know, i think we're creating a corps of people who are absolutely determined to expand the opportunities facing kids in the most absolutely, you know, economically disadvantaged communities. you know, who are pouring themselves into their work and trying to put their kids on a different trajectory and, you know, having varyi
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Mar 5, 2011 9:15pm EST
publishers including housing america and liberty nor safety are both outside publisher's. but we do both. >> thank you very much for your time. >> thank you so much. >> from new york city, liel leibovitz recounts the visit of 120 boys from china's qing empire to america in 1872. the boys and listed as members of the chinese educational mission were sent to the united states united states to learn the innovations of the last and return to china with new ideas. this is about 35 minutes. >> before i start to tell you the story of these remarkable men, i would like to tell a very short story of a far less remarkable man, myself. i was born in tel aviv, israel and when i was about 10 years old, and mother took me to spend the summer in a mysterious, exotic, faraway land filled with rich and splendid treasures. i'm talking of course about new jersey. and when i got to new jersey and attended summer camp for a couple of months, i made a bunch of startling discoveries. some discoveries were small, like the fact that previously believed to reside in fruit actually could come in a box or that ther
CSPAN
Mar 8, 2011 3:38am EST
place in america made it incumbent upon us as a body to reform social security. two years later when the american people put a democrat in the white house, i renewed my call for action. i said that republicans ready to work with the president on entitlement reform, and i repeated that call again four months ago when the voters decided to put republicans in charge of the house of representatives. throughout this time i've held out hope that our friends on the other side would rise to the occasion. if not when republicans controlled the white house, at least when they did. i was encouraged further when president obama said repeatedly back in 2009 that his administration would seek to work with us on serious entitlement reform that preserves the safety net for our seniors, for people with disabilities and which also puts on a firmer, stable footing for generations to come. so the president has acknowledged the seriousness of the problem. he has noted himself that calls are escalating even as the population is getting older, creating the perfect storm for a fiscal crisis that dwarfs even
CSPAN
Mar 5, 2011 3:00pm EST
is in south america, but it's considered part of the caribbean, and they came to cut, to work on sugar plantations. so part of what fascinated us was what is this substance where someone in be his family -- in his family all the way in russia, a serf, and someone in my family looking to get a better life over here in india and then over to the caribbean, what is this substance that could effect people from such different parking lots of the world? -- parts of the world? >> and before we trace that out, we want to ask you a question. how many of you think you might have sugar somewhere in your family background? so that's one, two, three -- oh, man, yes! yes! >> all right. what i'm going to do, i just want to hear from a couple of you where your family might have been from, okay? >> well, i think my family might have been in the caribbean -- >> caribbean. >> okay, absolutely. >> okay, very good. okay? >> i feel my family was either in the caribbean or in europe. >> very good. >> okay, okay. >> i think my family was either in the caribbean or europe. >> okay. very good. anybody else here
CSPAN
Mar 31, 2011 12:00pm EDT
health association, the american thoracic society, the asthma and allergy foundation of america, the physicians for social responsibility, the trust for america's health, this is what they say about the mcconnell amendment. "the mcconnell amendment would strip away sensible clean air act protections that safeguard americans and their families from air pollution." who do we stand with? this is the question we all ask in our campaigns. who's side are you on? who do you stand with? so i've made a decision. a strong one. i'm going to stand with the kids. i'm going to stand with our families. i'm going to stand with these leaders who are working day and night just to protect our health. i'm not going to stand with a right-wing ideological amendment. i'm not going to stand with amendments that are mcconnel mcl light. because if it isn't broken, don't fix it. the e.p.a. -- no agency is perfect, we know that. the e.p.a. is not perfect. but the record is clear, the actions by the e.p.a., along with local and state officials have saved countless lives. and if we leave our hands off of it,
CSPAN
Mar 21, 2011 12:00am EDT
behaviors led to the subprime crisis. >> host: when you talk about what we've done wrong in america and other western nations as well, part of it is we live for today. we consume. we go for the free lunch. elaborate on that. >> guest: yeah, i think what we're also facing in places like the united states is the competition or the sort of test between the current generation and the future generation. we have to decide whether there are going to be sacrifices which are what i'm arguing in the book, sacrifices for people today so that the united states tomorrow can remain a preimminent economic power. clearly, there were promises made, pensions is a classic example of this that a unsustainable. it's impossible to fulfill those promises and the question then becomes how much of a sacrifice are people willing to make today in the united states to make sure that tomorrow we can have educated, a reasonably educated public and infrastructure and so on. >> host: what happens if we don't make the sacrifice? that's your warning in the book. because we're on a wrong path and short termism and co
CSPAN
Mar 20, 2011 9:00pm EDT
. >> host: when you talk about what was done wrong in america and other western nations as well, part of it is that we live for today, we go for the free lunch. the elaborate on that. >> host: i think what we are also facing right now in places like the united states is the competition over the sort of test between the current generation and the future generation. we have to decide whether there are going to be sacrifices which is what i'm arguing in the book, sacrifice is for people to face of the united states tomorrow can remain a preeminent economic power. clearly there were promises that were made, pensions is an example but is unsustainable and it is going to be impossible to fulfil the promises and so the question then becomes how much of a sacrifice are people willing to meet today in the united states to make sure that tomorrow we can have a reasonably educated population and the infrastructure and so on. >> host: what happens if we don't make the sacrifice because that is your warning in the book that because we are on this wrong path and because they're seems to be this sho
CSPAN
Mar 12, 2011 8:15pm EST
flexibility. their 50 in america, 4999. that's remarkable. rod blagojevich did not sign on. he now wishes he had. had he done so, all these problems would've never happened for them. he was the only one who didn't. democrats and republicans signed on. we thought this out to be a slam dunk. we are presenting something that saves the federal government money. it's not a political issue, not partisan. mark warner night, when democrat one republican. the site to be simple. here, guys, we can save you several billion dollars. all we ask of you, let us governor medicaid problems a little bit more. not completely, a little bit more. and it was the biggest fight of ever been in. mark and i would look at each other and just shake our heads and they, what's wrong with these guys? they wanted to fight sites that we weren't even hounding. it can't be an important lesson that the further you wrote about from the shore, the more likely you are to be lost at sea. i'm convinced we've got a lot of folks in this city who are lost at sea. justice brandeis in 1932 and i quote him because i think it's an importa
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Mar 1, 2011 9:00am EST
conference organized by the united states of america and also in fighting for president of all countries in the region. that shows our markets are too small to attract really important investors. and this is very high and i hope president clinton will join us because he was one of the people who inspired ourselves to organize a conference. this was said by president alija izetbegovic, is very important. it is important to have bosnia and herzegovina connected to croatia, slovenia and croatia, bosnia and herzegovina is very important. of this region can be really motivated economically by building an infrastructure together for communication. >> if i could ask jim and catherine ashton, croatia has fantastic tourism and so does montenegro and slovenia. what is it that is holding back that investment into this part of the world? >> you have a number of investors coming. [laughter] >> the biggest thing you have to have which we have seen in croatia we have seen in other countries which we will see more of in bosnia and herzegovina is political will. for business to invest you need political
CSPAN
Mar 30, 2011 7:30am EDT
to be significant in america. often, prejudice has been directed at religions of recent immigrants. in the last entry it was catholics from places like ireland, italy, in lithuania. my mother's country of origin, whose loyalties were questioned. i brought to this hearing a family treasure. 100 years ago in 1911, my grandmother landed in baltimore, maryland, from lithuania. she brought with her my mother, two years old, and my aunt and uncle. and they came down off the boat in baltimore, and somehow found a way to my grandfather in east st. louis element. i have no idea how they made that journey not speaking a word of anguish. there is no physical evidence left of that journey, but this little book. part of it is a catholic prayer book written in lithuania, printed in 1863, which at the time of their immigration was contraband. bazaar had ordered all prayerbooks had to be written in russia. my grandmother who i never knew knew that if she brought his prayer book to america she would have the freedom to use it. and i remember that and it's one of the reasons why this is the first hearing, this f
CSPAN
Mar 8, 2011 9:00am EST
this focus on startup america which is a public/private partnership to encourage entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses. things that in the old solo division, basically what we want to focus on, physical capital, human capital and innovation. as i said, nobody in the white house wants to hear about human capital accumulation and productivity enhancement but when the president says outeducate, outinnovate and out innovate the rest of the world it is coming straight out of the solo growth model. i think a growth agenda is what is warranted when we are talking about when the future is rooted in this let's have a business cycle driven by investment by exports by raising the skill level of our work force and to me, that is the private sector sustainable kind of growth. now let us talk about the deficit and the issues of debt facing the economy. as all of you know what matters is what is our debt to gdp level and what matters is as the simpson-bowles commission revealed that is not what is important. conflating long and fiscal challenges with the deficit which is big this year is ve
CSPAN
Mar 28, 2011 8:17pm EDT
joined on the communicators by debbie goldman of the communication workers of america, and parul desai. if we can start with you, ms. goldman. the cwa has supported this deal, why? >> we think it's good for the consumers and workers. right now we are moving in the wireless industry and into the next generation of wireless technology. and that's going to take both tens of billions of dollars in investment to get us there and it's going to require a lot more spectrum. right now people are aware that on their wonderful mobile divisions that they want to stream video, that they want to get on the internet and search with web pages. in many places, they are experiencing their dropped calls. there's a great need for more spectrum and a great need for the capital to invest in the next generation networks. we see that this merger will enable the merge to at&t to do that. so that's good for consumers. >> how is it good for cwa,? >> it's good for workers because right now behave experienced a situation in mitigating circumstance where we've seen declining living standards for working people over
CSPAN
Mar 12, 2011 9:00pm EST
to america were very on. six or seven years old. how was adaptation to america? >> i will answer the first question briefly. first of all, because adding 120 could 40 or 45 tremendously impressive men. the prime minister comment engineer, the diplomat convinced britain they are of many accomplishments. how did they survive this strenuous journey to america? talking about doing lead in the 19th century, here is how it fits. sitting around the dinner table if you want to beat you better know what you want to eat in english. if you do not know that you will not get it. they learn english very fast. [laughter] >> they were like 20 years buy the time they got to china, they were very young and have all the menial tasks. it took a good 10 years to come into their own as men. but they really did make a difference because they really were presented and what ever realm of life of the country they were being mining, engineering, telecom mining, engineering, telecommun, navy, brought a fresh spirit and self confident attitude that made a great change that by the way is what i see everywhere today in
CSPAN
Mar 9, 2011 9:00am EST
is a mean-spirited bill that will cut the heart out of the recovery we have in america today. it goes after little children, poor little boys and girls who want to learn -- they don't know what they want, but we want them to learn to read, to be able to learn something. head start is a program that has been successful. we have a lot of poor people in nevada. i wish we didn't but we do. head start has been something that has been great for our community. national institutes of health, they're whacking of that. national science foundation. our clean energy jobs, they're going after that. national laboratories. where is the spirit of pete domenici? pete domenici, longtime republican senator, he and i worked as chair and ranking member of the energy and water subcommittee on appropriations trying to fund those very important labs. the labs do lots of good things. among other things, they make our country, nuclear weapons safe and reliable. what has been done with this meat ax approach that they say is only numbers is not good for our country. i've heard my friend, the assistant majority leader,
CSPAN
Mar 21, 2011 6:30am EDT
of them, many of whom were for teach for america allows who were deeply determined to address what they viewed as the single most unconscionable crisis in our country. and who understood what you understand, especially after you've taught success in this context which is there isn't a silver bullet to this. that's not going to fix the problem for our kids. >> you had had a nucleus in place. the opportunity was katrina. that allowed an awful lot of change to happen in a very short period of time. i have no argument with that. you have an archive for that event? good. that's what we're talking the. we have these new quizzes overplays over to put them in place and lots of different cities, but it doesn't change the fact you can do an awful lot of good sometime by boeing it up. >> if we had real leadership right now in a lot of other places, determined to solve this problem comes if we viewed it as the crisis that is, and we have the right leadership in place, we would blow it up, to use your terminology, and lots of other context. >> i'm reminded, but i'm going to come back and ask yo
CSPAN
Mar 15, 2011 9:00am EDT
are expected at five bucks in this summer. how are we going to move people? how are we going to build america? how are going to put people back to work in less you a robust funding stream in the transportation sector. and if you don't do that -- [applause] >> and if you don't do that, you know, you're going to get what you get and you're going to limp along and you going to continue to see people being laid off from transit systems all across the country. you're going to continue to see rolling stock to carry. you will continue to see things not in a state of good repair. you can change that during this visit on the hill. and people need to understand when you visit with them that this really matters. a lot of us, we talk of a 30,000-foot level, the deficit is a trillion and a half dollars. the debt is debt. let's talk about what affects everybody every day when we get up and we have to forget whether to go to work how they will get to work, or whether they will have a job, whether they will be up to feed and clothe their families. i think of a good message if you choose to exercise, if you s
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Mar 2, 2011 9:19am EST
in missouri, we really appreciate you really being one-person voice of america at a time when we really need it. so thank you. i wanted to submit two questions to you in writing. one, about our continued work. we had an oversight subcommittee last year. we heard from stewart bowen and we would like to get an update on the transition efforts in terms of reconstruction, how that process is going and also would like to get a written question in to you about the ongoing engagement with bosnia for constitutional reforms and the need for u.s. engagement with the e.u. but i'd like to focus my question really about the voices of democracy that are really rising across the middle east, north africa and elsewhere and the need to reevaluate our public diplomacy tools. certainly, looking beyond our traditional state to state, diplomatic efforts but about citizen to citizen diplomacy, the cost-effectiveness of that. i was especially reminded of that this past week. i had a bipartisan town hall meeting with congresswoman emerson and a student came up to me who studied in cairo the previous year, was conti
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Mar 3, 2011 9:00am EST
permits and then some. this is not the america we know, or is this the america we aspire to be. did i read that correctly. >> you did. >> this is the second time you had a nomination hearing before this committee. last time was april 6, 2010. >> can't remember the exact date but it was in april. >> do you know why your nomination was never called up on the floor of the senate? >> senator, i have read various press accounts but i have no direct knowledge. >> you are aware that under senate rules the only person who can do that would be the majority leader senator reid. >> i think i am aware of that. >> did you have a conversation with him or his staff about why he did not call your nomination up and have a vote at the united states senate on your nomination reports at the end of the last conference? >> not on that subject. >> so it is a mystery to you why you are having to go through this twice and you never had an opportunity for a vote on your previous nomination? >> i wouldn't perhaps a mystery. i have read some press accounts of how of the decisions were determined. as i learned to this
CSPAN
Mar 8, 2011 12:00pm EST
. three major areas of concern emerged from the discussion. the america invents act addresses each one of them. first, there is significant concern about delays in pat tent application process. pat tent and trademark office, p.t.o., currently has a backlog of more than 700,000 unexamined patent applications. now, there are several reasons for this, not the least of which is the p.t.o. is overwhelmed with patent applications and doesn't have the resources necessary to get through that backlog. the director of the p.t.o. obvious says that the next great invention that's going to drive our economic recovery may be waiting on a shelf waiting to be granted. our act will authorize the p.t.o. to set its fees. we want them to work through the backlog, we want them to be current. and i want to commend austin goodwills bee, the chair of the president's economic advisors. his speech on the importance of patent reform show that we need it to help america win the global competition and create jobs. we should be doing all we can to help the p.t.o. director. now, it makes no sense that it takes two y
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Mar 20, 2011 7:00pm EDT
atlanta a better city. georgia a better state, and america a better country. just how, i do not know but i have the faith to believe it will. and if i am right, then our suffering is not in vain. .. >> before we get started, i wanted to mention the upcoming events that includes james carroll on march 11 with his new book, and unger on april 4 more "american tempest: how the tea party sparked a revolution." others include billy collins and governor duvall patrick. you can find more information in the events flier. after the talk this afternoon, there's time for questions after which there's a book signing at the table, and you can get signed copies up at the registers. when you know you buy a book from the harvard bookstore, you're supporting a local institution who cares about books, and this author series would not be possible without that support. we are pleased to have c-span's here recording for book tv. if you have a question, wait for the microphone to come to you before asking your question. now is a good time to make sure you silenced your cell phones. this afternoon, i'm pleased t
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Mar 14, 2011 8:30am EDT
of dividends to shareholders or investment in the country and than never used in america. >> host: congressman greg walden is chairman of the commerce subcommittee on communication and technology. mike zapler with ""the politico"," thank you both. >> guest: thank you. >> coming up on c-span2, a portion of recent testimony by transportation secretary ray lahood on president obama's 2012 budget request. then more on transportation as we bring you live coverage of the american public transportation association's legislative conference. later, the senate returns at 2 p.m. eastern for general speeches. that'll be followed later by debate and a vote on a u.s. district court nomination as well as a procedural vote on a bill authorizing small business administration programs. >> author, poet and playright ishmael reid is on "in depth," live sunday, april 3rd. he's written over 25 books including "airing dirty laundry laundry," "another day at the front." join our three-hour conversation taking your phone calls, e-mails and tweets for ishmael reed, and watch previous "in depth "programs at booktv.org w
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Mar 5, 2011 12:00pm EST
can tell it is written by me. i am curious. how many teachable america alumni currently in the program are here? pretty amazing. first question. was there a time where american education was not in crisis? >> some -- >> you can just say yes if you want. >> no. i think we have had this issue -- i have limited historical knowledge myself but i am sure we have had these issues forever. we have been in denial about this particular issue that we are working to address. i think 20 years ago a lot of people were in denial about the very existence of what we call today educational inequity. >> security offices and police and less and less recess time, school menus that require a law degree to decipher with rule upon rules, longer school days, why would a child want to go to school? >> i think about the school's, talking about these transformational schools. kids are dying to be in school because first of all the principal and teachers love their kids and they build a community among them and the kids know that they will work incredibly hard but there is a huge pay off for that. i don't know th
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Mar 14, 2011 5:00pm EDT
of other contaminants. america reduced pollution and made remarkable strides in improving public health even while our economy adjusted and thrived. in fact, the clean air act has a long and clear track record of promoting job creation and economic growth while reducing pollution. the economic benefits of the clean air act are significant. for every dollar spent on clean air act provisions, we get -- protections, we get $30 of public health benefits in return. in the year 2010 alone, the clean air act saved 160,000 lives and avoided millions of cases of pollution-related illness, including 1.7 million cases of asthma exacerbation, 130,000 heart attacks, 86,000 emergency room visits, 3.2 million lost school days and 13 million lost work days. mr. president, this is a profoundly important law. it protects every single american from the types of pollution that can cause asthma attacks, lost school days for young children, emergency room visits, heart attacks, strokes, and even premature deaths. the house of representatives recently passed a continuing resolution for the remainder of the fi
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Mar 19, 2011 12:00pm EDT
's, and the largest fireworks display ever seen in america. generations of new yorkers commemorated november 25th as evacuation day, an anniversary that of the folded into the more enduring november celebration of national togetherness, that is giving day. what if you had not wanted the british to leave? mixed in among a happy new york crowd there were other less cheerful faces. colonists who had sided with british, the departure spelled lawrie. during the war tens of thousands of loyalists had moved for safety into new york and of the british held cities. the british withdrawal raised urgent questions about their future. what kind of treatment could they expect? jailed, attacked, retain their property or hold on to their jobs? confronting real doubts of their lives, liberty, and potential for happiness in the united states, 60,000 loyalists decided to take their chances and follow the british elsewhere into the british empire. it took 16,000 black slaves with them bringing the total exodus to 75,000 people or about one in 40 members of the american population. it travel to canada, sell for brita
CSPAN
Mar 22, 2011 6:00am EDT
the top winners of this year's c-span student can competition. >> america's promise alliance reports that one out of every four public school students will drop out of high school before graduation. the group is holding a summit today on reducing high school dropout rates. speakers include leaders of government, education advocacy groups, and business leaders. our live coverage here on c-span2 expected to start in just a few moments. ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> we are live again on c-span2 waiting for the start of this forum by america's promise alliance. they are reporting that one out of every four public school students will drop out of high school before graduation. they're holding a summit today on reducing high school dropout rates here we are expected here from government, education and as a groups and business leaders. we will be covering this in three sections today, back at 10:00 with vice president joe biden who will address the group. and at 12:30 p.m. the governors of virginia and maryland will join the mayors from across the country to
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Mar 29, 2011 12:00pm EDT
for offering a resolution noting the many contributions that she made to america and express the condolences for her family. because, you see, mr. president, for we women before 1960geri was a force of nature, a powerhouse. she changed the face of politics. she changed the way women thought of themselves and what we believed we could accomplish. on july 11, 1984, when mo walter mondale called geri ferraro and sctd her to be his vice-presidential running mate, an amazing thing happened: they took down the men-only sign on the white house. they took down the men-only sign on the white house. for geri and all american women, there was no turning back, only going forward. america knows ger implete as a political phenomenon. i knew her as a dear friend and colleague. we served in the house together in the late-1970's and when she left in 1984 to run for vice president, i left in 1986 to run for the senate. we were among the early bird women in the house of representatives and as early birds, we weren't fraid to ruffle some feathers. we had some good times and passed some good legislation. it must
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Mar 17, 2011 9:00am EDT
. i pledge allegiance to the flag of the united states of america, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under god, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. the presiding officer: the clerk will read a communication to the senate. the clerk: washington, d.c., march 17, 2011. to the senate: under the provisions of rule 1, paragraph 3, of the standing rules of the senate, i hereby appoint the honorable tom udall, a senator from the state of new mexico, to perform the duties of the chair. signed: daniel k. inouye, president pro tempore. mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: the republican leader is recognized. mr. mcconnell: it was a great honor to have thad austin of murfreesboro, tennessee, provide the opening prayer this morning. i -- i thank him for his wise words. i first met the reverend austin as an alma mater at the university in willmore, kentucky, when i visited there in 2007. it is to engage the world and serve the world through public service. our guest chaplain has pursued that mission with great success. maybe it is a family calling.
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Mar 15, 2011 12:00pm EDT
that is, that would end up being the largest tax increase in the mystery of america on the american people -- if you're not going to do it through legislation, we'll do it through our regulations through the environmental protection agency. and so there was an endangerment finding. the administrator of the e.p.a. had the endangerment finding, and it was based on the ipcc flawed science. nonetheless, it was there. and so they started on a route to regulate co2 through regulations. let's stop and think about what that would be. the cost that we have determined over a period of ten years now to take over the regulation and have -- tph-fbgs a type of cap-and-trade -- in fact a type of cap-and-trade through regulation would be about $300 billion to $400 billion a year. i estimated what that would cost an average family in oklahoma. it was about $3,000 for each family that pays, that actually files a tax return. you have to ask the question: what you get if you pass this. first of all, i think most of the people right now are concerned with the price of gasoline at the pump. it's going up again.
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Mar 12, 2011 4:00pm EST
the idea. i mean, this is the big idea. teach for america really isn't about -- we are about, teachers are critical, but teach for america is about building a movement amount our country's future leaders to say we have to change the way our education system is fundamentally, and i think in your article in the new yorker about, about the formation of movements captured the whole theory of teach. it's the experience of teaching successfully in ways that, i know, i think we're creating a core of people who are absolutely determined to expand the opportunities facing kids in the most absolutely, you know, economically disadvantaged communities. you know, who are pouring themselves into their work and trying to put their kids on a different path and having varying levels of success and taking from that experience, incredible lesson. you know, they realize through their firsthand experience the challenges the kids face, the potential they have, and they realize it's ultimately possible to solve the problem, and that experience is not only important for their kids, but completely transformati
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Mar 4, 2011 11:00pm EST
they wrote of this is my house. it's about people from central america and in texas they call them otm, other than mexicans. [laughter] and this is what we have within our own experiences of people outside our experience don't have it's humorous in some ways it's really sad in most ways and so i went on to close with this issue. those of us who had this immigrant background, when we came to congress, we -- if we don't forget we are and where we come from, we can take our history and background and turn that into policy to make the policy of more precise, more focused and humane. because we should know where we come from. i talked about asians in general. and touched upon latinos. we have the congressional black caucus, the congressional hispanic caucus and cpac. it's come to the surface because we understand now even though slavery was not an immigration issue its and as and humane as it was african-americans were brought here, not integrated, but more recently in this history of this country we have immigrants from columbia, 25% of the popular dvd population our afro columbia and the central
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Mar 9, 2011 12:00pm EST
of government agencies and services, and harm america's children, our students, our working class, and our seniors. an estimated 700,000 jobs would be lost. all of this pain delivered in the name of deficit reduction and the growing economy. yet, mr. president, the facts are clear. this is the wrong direction for our nation. mr. president, we face our current fiscal situation primarily because of falling revenues brought about by unpaid tax cuts especially for the wealthiest americans and because of ever-rising entitlement costs. every nonpartisan report on finding a solution to our current fiscal crisis stresses the need for comprehensive solution, a solution that includes cuts in discretionary spending, both defense and non-defense, as we will as cuts in entitlement spending and, yes, the need for additional revenues. just yesterday "the new york times" published a story about the efforts of the junior senator from virginia and the senior senator from georgia who honestly examine what it will take to solve our fiscal challenges. according to that story, even if congress cut discretionary
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Mar 10, 2011 12:00pm EST
or what combination of sources will actually turn out to be best for america. and that should be cause for those of us here in congress to be extraordinarily careful in trying to predetermine what sources should either win or lose. we're always talking around here about we need to steer clear of picking winners and losers, and yet that seems that's what we do all the time. a diversity of energy sources provides the best proving ground and insurance against overreliance on any one source and a healthy economy provides the best demand for the cleanest sources available. winston churchill once said, "on no one quality, on no one process, on no one country, on no one route and on no one field must we be depend hent. safety and certainty in oil lie in variety and variety alone. now, winston churchill was talking about oil but his words are just as applicable to our need for diversity in all of our types of energy. now, finally, the need to make our energy domestic to the greatest degree possible is something that we've all known. we all know that we need to do this, but we have failed to do
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Mar 20, 2011 12:00pm EDT
housing america and liberty nor safety are both with outside publishers. but we do both. >> thank you very much for your time. >> thank you so much. ♪ >> up next, booktv presents "after words," an hourlong program where we invite guest hosts to interview authors. peter firstbrook explores the history of the paternal side of president obama's family in his new book, "the obamas." .. >> host: in some sense we might expect your book to be called the untold story of an american family, but it's the untold story of an african family. why did you choose to focus on the side of the family heritage and what is its significance. >> guest: when the american people elect a president they also elect the leader of the free world. you only have to see what's happening this week in cairo to know that the decisions made now in the white house are going to affect the lives of 85 million egyptians. and so i sometimes think the american people don't fully appreciate just a big a deal it is when there's a new american president because he does have this very powerful influential position for the re
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Mar 5, 2011 10:00am EST
] >> and dealing with america's terrorist enemies, i said that our tax dollars should pay for weapons to stop them, not lawyers to defend them. [applause] >> and you know what, the default position of the local machine is always to brush off political republican candidates who are running for office is as right wing nuts. well, this time it was different. it didn't fly in massachusetts. and under a short time before the final debate, i remember like it was yesterday, on a bitter cold night, as cold as it is here, this is tropical, come on. i shook hands, i actually went outside, it probably was, had to have been 10 or 20 below zero. it was cold. it was a cold night, but they were out there holding signs for each other. and i went outside and i shook hands with everybody, including those people who were supporting my opponent. they were mostly union guys and they would say scott, scott, we are voting for you. [laughter] >> yeah, we're here because we're getting paid to hold these signs. [laughter] >> we are voting for you, yes. well, that assure a confidence builder for the debate that i was having
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Mar 12, 2011 12:00pm EST
'm the moderator for the panel, becoming america, immigration stories across the decades. . . so the student union. they will be available to sign books and the books are available at the signing venue. if you haven't already, can i ask you please to turn off your cell phones and pagers and i would like to introduce the authors. it is my great honor to introduce you to these four authors who enrich our knowing. raul castro's book "adversity is my angel: the life and career of raul h. castro" was co-written with jack audits junior. castro was born in mexico in 1916 the son of a copper miner and a midwife. is worked himself through school by plucking chickens, panning gold and waiting tables. in 1974 he made history when he was elected arizona's very first and to date only mexican-american governor. he will also answer to judge and ambassador. paula fass is a professor of history at the university of california berkeley. a distinguished scholar and resident at rutgers university, shea specializes in the history of children and childhood. in her seventh book, "inheriting the holocaust: a second gener
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Mar 6, 2011 5:15pm EST
and politicians need that have been and the important thing is this is america's city a doherty has a stake in the city, every becomes here, belongs them and this comes about. >> one of the things we do in the book there is very strange thing for example, the lincoln conspirators were hung in the famous photograph is now the place in which garfield was shot on his way back to the williams college reunion waiting for the building on the mall. a little tiny markers about as big as a trustee that says this is where the president was shot, so part of this is discovering this league history of the city and the and back to amazing things in the civil war. there's part of washington where abraham lincoln there's a battle in washington that the confederate troops are approaching the city and abraham lincoln stands up and they shoot at him and somebody says mr. president, and they pull him down. one of the problems of the battle of fort stevens is have the soldiers had to keep the citizens sightseers back from getting killed. this wildness that was here all along and was sort of limestone do
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Mar 13, 2011 8:00pm EDT
. >> that will bring things to a close. the comment is buckle up america we're not going back to a gentler time but where we go, politics make us in a call which has a new platform to stand on and our commitment to civil discourse that we can make an impact if i think our panelists for being here and all of you for being here as well. [applause] the books will be available for citing in assigning area. just west of the student union. thank you very much. >> that concludes our coverage of the 2011 tucson of books. we have them live all weekend if you have missed any of the events that coverage will air tonight starting at 1:00 a.m. eastern. [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] [no audio] as it did to ship them across the atlantic. it was enormously difficult to access the wealth. there was a great transportation network, chicago, which was formed starting off on the illinois and michigan can now had a great wateree park rails only supplemented that transportation network every city and the major waterway for the river mead says c. whe
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Mar 30, 2011 9:00am EDT
society of north america, the islamic circle of north america. they have stood with us as trusted allies in speaking out against violence and in defense of religious freedom. solidarity among people of every religion in the face of its attacks of people of any one religion is respect for religious freedom and action. in concluding, as a religious community our catholic faith commits us to defend and promote the rights of religious freedom for all as a moral priority and a human responsibility. this common commitment to religious freedom is at the heart of american life. it is also an example of a world where too many doubt people of religious -- of different religions can live together in peace and mutual respect. as other countries wrestle with how to treat religious minorities, let them look to our nation where we work to ensure that our muslim sisters and brothers are treated with dignity and their religious identity and beliefs must be treated with respect. let them see with people with hard won religious freedom living out our commitment living life in the full for the identity, int
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Mar 3, 2011 12:00pm EST
about it. think about the history of innovation. what sets america apart is so many of our great inventions start out in small garages and labs with driven, inspired people who have great ideas, developed them and then they take off. i mention companies that have started this way yesterday. hewlett packard, apple, google, and there are hundreds and perhaps thousands of others. they started from humble beginnings, and they grew spectacularly, creating jobs for millions of americans and lifting up our economy and standard of living. i know an inventor who invented sky vodka, and the vodka he drank disturbed his stomach, so he figured out biologically and chemically what it was, and he invented a vodka called sky vodka. small inventor. that company was subsequently sold, i think for a great deal of money, but it started with one man who had a stomachache from drinking vodka. now, this may be just one type of example, but apple is certainly another type of example. a garage many years ago in california, and out of that emerged this giant company. so these companies start from humble
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Mar 7, 2011 5:00pm EST
will take another important step towards passing the america invents act. this bipartisan bill will go a long way in ensuring our country remains the world leader in entrepreneurship, research and development, and, of course, innovation. over the course of last week, every senator had an opportunity to come to the floor and weigh in on this bill with amendments. we made a lot of progress and, as a result, i'm pleased to say that we have a bill that is even better than the one we started with. a truly bipartisan product which will bring our peant system -- bring our patent system into the 21st century. if passed, this legislation will make the first comprehensive set of reforms to our nation's patent process in almost 60 years. 60 years. a lot has changed since then. the america invents act will create a legal framework that reflects current technologies and a climate in which innovation can flourish. in doing so, it will unleash the power of our nation's single most precious resource: the ingenuity of our people. and i want to point out that it will do it without adding a penny to our
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Mar 15, 2011 5:00pm EDT
connell-inhofe amendment. america america my -- mr. merkley: my colleague from texas was addressing this amendment and noting her support for it. i would like to address several reasons that y this amendment is bad policy for america. first and foremost, this amendment increases our addiction to foreign oil. it increases oil consumption by 455 million barrels. right now we import about 9.7 million barrels of oil per day. so this amendment is equivalent to six weeks' worth of oil imports. recognize that gas prices are about $3.50 a gallon. the mcconnell-inhofe amendment amounts to a $68 billion price tag for working families to buy gas, to buy gas from oil imported from overseas. and this isn't a tax that in any way supports our economy. in fact, this is a tax that goes out of our economy to purchase energy from overseas. so, from the middle east, from nigeria, from venezuala. that is very profitable to the companies that supply that oil. it's very profitable to the governments far outside of the united states of america. but it certainly hurts the citizens of our nation. it takes our energy dollar
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Mar 20, 2011 12:00am EDT
display ever seen and north america. generations of new yorkers commemorated november 25th as the evacuation day, an anniversary that was later folded into the more enduring november celebration of the national togetherness, thanksgiving day. but what if you hadn't wanted the british to leave? mixed in among the had the new york crowd that november day, there were other less cheerful faces. for loyalists, colonists who sided with britain during the war, the departure of the british troops felt worried, not jubilation. during the war, tens of thousands of loyalists moved for safety into new york and other british help cities. the british withdrawal now resurgent questions about their future. what kind of treatment could expect in the new united states? would they be jailed, would they be attacked, but they retain their property or hold onto their jobs? confronting real doubts about their lives, liberty and potential happiness in the united states, 60,000 loyalists decided to take their chances and follow the british elsewhere in to the british empire. they took 15,000 black
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Mar 20, 2011 7:00am EDT
call the duck. it said, america now up for grabs, and it was referring to this concert that the rolling stones had in december of 1969. and this was supposed to have been a triumphant affair. they appeared with carlos santana and the jefferson airplane, and they had a hard time sort of finding a venue for this show at the last minute, so they did it at altamont speedway. and it turned out to be a disaster. thousands of people sort of clamored on top of each other to get close to the stage. someone had the bright idea of hiring the hell's angels motorcycle gang to do security, and they paid them, allegedly, with a truckload of beer. it was a really violent scene, so the hell's angels were brutalizing and beating up spectators and probably would have been less violent if rolling stones had played a little earlier. the concert was being filmed for a documentary called "give me shelter," which you probably are familiar with. anyhow, mick jagger was reluctant to play until it was dark because he thought it he wd look better under the stage lights. it was just a violent, ugly scene, and the r
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Mar 13, 2011 12:00am EST
and look at our schedule. we will bring a panel called becoming america, immigration memoirs across the decades with former arizona governor raul castro, ishmael beah, paula fass and chiquis barron. that will be followed by a panel on climate change with melanie leonard laura lopez hoffman and mitch tobin. hones and pagers an would likeo tr speak it is my great honor to introduce you to these four authors who enrich our knowing. raul castro's look "adversity is my angel" was cowritten with jack augusrat jr.. castor was born in mexico in 1916, the son of a copper miner and a midwife. he worked himself through school is worked himself through school by plucking chickens, panning gold and waiting tables. in 1974 he made history when he was elected arizona's very first and to date only mexican-american governor. he will also answer to judge and ambassador. paula fass is a professor of history at the university of california berkeley. a distinguished scholar and resident at rutgers university, shea specializes in the history of children and childhood. in her seventh book, "inheriting the
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Mar 16, 2011 12:00pm EDT
a lesser america to the next and trillions in unpaid bills. a new report from the government accounting office documents what we instinctively have known, waste and duplication in government cost taxpayers billions of dollars every year. early estimates say between $100 billion and $200 billion. and experts say we could save tens of billions of dollars by aggressively prosecuting health care, waste and abuse, just as we saved millions of dollars going after health care fraud when i was attorney general. the people of connecticut, indeed of america, will not tolerate and should not tolerate billions in waste and duplication. it must be cut. that's where we should focus. not on the thoughtless slashing of essential services that provide a safety net for our most vulnerable citizens. when we cut, let's be smart about it. the people of connecticut are sick of the special breaks and tax loopholes that have been protected for far too long, tax breaks to companies that send jobs overseas, subsidies to huge oil and gas interests; some of them the most profitable companies in the history of the
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